By: Joy Hakim
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The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Ben Franklin Award 2008
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book
based on 4 reviews
|Publication Title:||The Story of Science
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School, High School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: The Fission Vision
For more information on this Story of Science volume, please visit the author’s website.
|Podcast:||A short interview with Joy Hakim, the author—really, storyteller—of Einstein Adds a New Dimension, conducted by Tyson Brown, Director, New Products and Services, NSTA.
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Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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Now, it’s time for your students to look over Albert Einstein’s shoulder as he develops a new kind of physics that points the way to more recent theories of particle physics and quantum mechanics. Joy Hakim will demonstrate how scientific thoughts today are often written in the language of mathematics, such as E=mc2, and explains clearly what this means. Students will learn why relativity and quantum theory are perhaps the most important ideas in modern science, maybe of all time.
This is the third book in the Story of Science series. The book is full-color throughout.
Ideas For Use
A science book unlike any other, Einstein Adds a New Dimension pairs a gripping narrative style with informative sidebars; hundreds of charts, maps, and diagrams; suggestions for further reading; and excerpts from the writings of great scientists.
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Scientists and inventors
Conservation of energy
Newton’s laws of motion
Kinetic molecular theory
Nature of science and technology
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Informal Educator, Learner, Middle-Level Educator, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Instructional materials, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge
INTRODUCTION: ABOUT QUARKS, RED GIANTS, AND WHY THIS BOOK GOT WRITTEN
1—A Boy with Something on His Mind
2—Time on Replay
3—Electrifying Thoughts and Magnetic Reasoning
FEATURE: Three Charged Americans
4—The M. and M.’s of Science
FEATURE: If You Want Something, Go for It!
5—Invisible Bits of Electricity
FEATURE: Charging on—to e
6—Smaller than Atoms? Subatomic? Is This a Joke?
11—Seeing the (Photon) Light
FEATURE: Blue Skies Smiling at Us
13—Getting the Picture Right
FEATURE: Atoms Go from Weight to Number (Periodic Table)
FEATURE: In the Elemental Grocery Store
15—Still Shooting Alpha Particles
16—Bohr Taking Quantum Leaps
17—An American Tracks Photons; a Frenchman Nails Matter
18—What’s Uncertain? Everything, Says Heisenberg
19—A Cat, Quarks, and Other Quantum Critters
FEATURE: Up and Atom: A Review of Atomic Theory Basics
21—Chemistry, Charisma, and Peace
FEATURE: What’s in a Bond?
22—Energy Equals Mass Times the Square of the Speed of Light or E=mc2
23—On the Way to War (a List of Happenings)
24—The Fission Vision
26—Manhattan on a Mesa
27—Quantum Electrodynamics? Surely You’re Joking
28—Those Relatives: Galileo and Albert
29—Relativity: It’s About Time
FEATURE: Light Does Its Own Thing
30—An Event? To a Physicist It’s Not a Party
FEATURE: Math Matters: Euclidean and Non
32—A Man in a Red Hat
33—The Paradox of the Twins
35—Warps in Spacetime
36—Does It Change? Or Is It Changeless?
38—An Expanding Universe
39—A Luminous Indian
40—Explosive? And How!
41—Singular Black Holes
FEATURE: May the Interaction Be with You
43—A Singular BANG with a Background
44—Inflation? This Chapter Is Not About Economics!
FEATURE: TOE Be or Not TOE Be
45—Entanglement? Locality? Are We Talking Science?
FEATURE: Experts on the Dark Side
47—A Surprising Information-Age Universe
48—Is Anyone Out There?
49—This Is the Last Chapter, but It’s Not the End
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 44 correlations with the National Standards.
- Physical Science
- Properties and changes of properties in matter
- In chemical reactions, the total mass is conserved. (5-8)
- Structure and properties of matter
- An element is composed of a single type of atom. (9-12)
- The interactions among molecules are determined by the structure of the molecule, including the constituent atoms and the distances and angles between them. (9-12)
- Structure of atoms
- Fission is the splitting of a large nucleus into smaller pieces. (9-12)
- Fusion is the joining of two nuclei at extremely high temperature and pressure, and is the process responsible for the energy of the sun and other stars. (9-12)
- Position and motion of objects
- An object's motion can be described by tracing and measuring its position over time. (velocity) (K-4)
- Transfer of Energy
- Energy is a property of many substances and is associated with heat, light, electricity, mechanical motion, sound, nuclei, and the nature of a chemical. (5-8)
- Energy is transferred in many ways. (5-8)
- Heat moves in predictable ways, flowing from warmer objects to cooler ones, until both reach the same temperature. (5-8)
- Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection). To see an object, light from that object—emitted by or scattered from it—must enter the eye. (5-8) (5-8)
- In most chemical and nuclear reactions, energy is transferred into or out of a system. (5-8)
- Heat, light, mechanical motion, or electricity might all be involved in energy transfers. (5-8)
- The sun's energy arrives as light with a range of wavelengths, consisting of visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet radiation. (5-8)
- Motion and Forces
- Objects change their motion only when a net force is applied. Laws of motion are used to calculate precisely the effects of forces on the motion of objects. (9-12)
- Electricity and magnetism are two aspects of a single electromagnetic force. (9-12)
- Unbalanced forces will cause changes in the speed or direction of an object's motion. (Acceleration) (5-8)
- The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed. (5-8)
- Conservation of energy and increase in disorder
- The total energy of the universe is constant. (9-12)
- Energy can be transferred by collisions in chemical and nuclear reactions, by light waves and other radiations, and in many other ways. (9-12)
- Energy can never be destroyed. (9-12)
- All energy can be considered to be either kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion; potential energy, which depends on relative position; or energy contained by a field, such as electromagnetic waves. (9-12)
- The higher the temperature, the greater the atomic or molecular motion. (9-12)
- Everything tends to become less organized and less orderly over time. (9-12)
- In all energy transfers, the overall effect is that the energy is spread out uniformly. Examples are the transfer of energy from hotter to cooler objects by conduction, radiation, or convection and the warming of our surroundings when we burn fuels. (9-12)
- Interactions of energy and matter
- Waves, including sound and seismic waves, waves on water, and light waves, have energy and can transfer energy when they interact with matter. (9-12)
- Electromagnetic waves include radio waves (the longest wavelength), microwaves, infrared radiation (radiant heat), visible light, ultraviolet radiation, x-rays, and gamma rays. (9-12)
- The energy of electromagnetic waves is carried in packets whose magnitude is inversely proportional to the wavelength. (9-12)
- Each kind of atom or molecule can gain or lose energy only in particular discrete amounts and thus can absorb and emit light only at wavelengths corresponding to these amounts. (9-12)
- Earth Science
- Origin and evolution of the universe
- The "big bang" theory places the origin between 10 and 20 billion years ago, when the universe began in a hot dense state; according to this theory, the universe has been expanding ever since. (9-12)
- Billions of galaxies, each of which is a gravitationally bound cluster of billions of stars, now form most of the visible mass in the universe. (9-12)
- Stars produce energy from nuclear reactions, primarily the fusion of hydrogen to form helium. (9-12)
- Science as Inquiry
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- Scientific investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing the answer with what scientists already know about the world. (K-4)
- Scientists make the results of their investigations public; they describe the investigations in ways that enable others to repeat the investigations. (K-4)
- Scientists review and ask questions about the results of other scientists' work. (K-4)
- Science and Technology
- Understanding about science and technology
- Many different people in different cultures have made and continue to make contributions to science and technology. (5-8)
- Science and technology are reciprocal. (5-8)
- Technology provides tools for investigations, inquiry, and analysis.
- History and Nature of Science
- Science as a human endeavor
- Science is very much a human endeavor, and the work of science relies on basic human qualities, such as reasoning, insight, energy, skill, and creativity--as well as on scientific habits of mind, such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of ambiguity, skepticism, and openness to new ideas. (5-8)
- Nature of science
- Scientists formulate and test their explanations of nature using observation, experiments, and theoretical and mathematical models. Those ideas are not likely to change greatly in the future. (5-8)
- It is part of scientific inquiry to evaluate the results of scientific investigations, experiments, observations, theoretical models, and the explanations proposed by other scientists. As scientific knowledge evolves, major disagreements are eventually resolved through such interactions between scientists. (5-8)
- Historical perspectives
- In history, diverse cultures have contributed scientific knowledge and technologic inventions. Modern science began to evolve rapidly in Europe several hundred years ago. During the past two centuries, it has contributed significantly to the industrialization of Western and non-Western cultures. However, other, non-European cultures have developed scientific ideas and solved human problems through technology. (9-12)(Inventors/Inventions)
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
- Build on the teacher's current science understanding, ability, and attitudes. (NSES)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers provide students with the time, space, and resources needed to learn science.
- Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students.
"Continuing in the same conversational style that made The Story of Science: Newton at the Center such an accessible and engaging resource, Hakim moves readers further into the great minds of modern science. Reading about memorable individuals with unquenchable thirsts for knowledge, students come to see the study of science not simply as a listing of what humankind knows about the real world, but the pursuit by some of the world’s greatest thinkers into its mysteries and inconsistencies…. Formatted like a textbook, this impressive volume certainly doesn't read like one. It captures the human drama behind the scientific inquiry and makes it live and breathe. The book has a large, clear typeface and is complemented by numerous full-color photos, graphs, and diagrams. A must-have for science students and teachers."--Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA
School Library Journal, December 2007
||Excellent Resource Book for Teachers and Students
||Reviewed by: Jane Hunn (North Manchester, IN) on July 30, 2008
||This book can be read cover to cover for background information on physics. It could also be used as a reference book for research on separate topics. I especially liked the way Hakim linked figures through the use of timelines and stories. It made the very difficult topics easier to read and very interesting.
||Hakim strikes the right chord
||Reviewed by: Joyce Sharp (Lewisville, NC) on July 15, 2008
||Excellent book with keen insights into how scientists work and think. The historical time lines, graphics and personal reminiscence create a deeper portrayal of what it means to be a scientist. The link to imagination and creativity, the excitement of discovery will inspire new generations of theorists. Every secondary school library needs all three books in this series. Beautiful work. Thank you, Joy Hakim!
||Einstein Adds a New Dimension
||Reviewed by: John Sweeney (Cordova, TN) on November 2, 2007
||This series of books is written at a level which is supposed to make science accessible to high school level students. In that regard it certainly hits the mark. However, this same selling point should be a reason for the book to be picked up by the average adult of any age. There is scarcly an American alive today who posseses this level of scientific understanding. Einstein Adds a New Dimension can make nearly anyone at least conversant on the subject of modern scientific knowledge.
||An incredible read
||Reviewed by: Jane (Rocky Point, NY) on November 1, 2007
||Joy Hakim has a unique voice. She makes science (and history) come alive for the reader!
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